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The Morning After: 75 years of Sony

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Mat Smith
May 8, 2021 7:15 AM
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Sony Corp displays the new "WEGA" line of television models at an unveiling in Tokyo August 28, 2003. Sony Corp, the world's biggestconsumer electronics group but a laggard in the fast-growing flat-panelTV market, said on Thursday it had reorganised its Japanese factoriesto meet sharply rising demand for flat-panel sets. REUTERS/Issei KatoIK/TW
Sony Corp displays the new "WEGA" line of television models at an unveiling in Tokyo on August 28th, 2003. Reuters Photographer / reuters

For me, the Sony name will always conjure up an image of a Trinitron TV. There was one in my parent’s living room while I was growing up, and when I got my own place the first thing I bought was the biggest WEGA model I could afford, which led to writing for Engadget.


Sony celebrated its 75th anniversary this week, following the spring day in 1946 when Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita founded ’Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo’, the company that would later become Sony. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a series of articles about our experiences with some of its more interesting and unusual products.

How Sony paved the way for modern music production

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Sony's K750i was a triumph in a sea of noble failures

The future looks brighter for PlayStation VR

My first Sony was My First Sony

— Richard Lawler

Amazon will add Tile tags to its Sidewalk device network next month

Level’s smart locks will also link up to Amazon’s network soon.


It’s about to get easier to find Tile tracking tags, as they'll work with Amazon's network of devices starting on June 14th. Amazon Sidewalk keeps low-power, low-bandwidth devices connected even if they're out of your typical WiFi range. It uses the 900 MHz spectrum and Bluetooth, as well as hotspots like Echo products and Ring security devices to extend the network. Sidewalk will be enabled on all compatible Echo devices by default starting on June 8th, but you can opt out.
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This week's best deals

$60 off AirPods Pro and more.


Woot has the AirPods Pro for $190 right now, or $60 off their normal price. While not as low as we saw them during Black Friday, it remains one of the best prices we've seen. If you're not comfortable with Woot's return policy, you can grab the AirPods Pro for $197 at Amazon. Also, there are May the 4th deals still going, like these 6-quart Star Wars Instant Pots at Williams Sonoma, a trio of which are down to $60 each.

Amazon's latest device sale knocks the price of the Echo Show 5 down to $50 and the Kindle Paperwhite down to $95. Plus, there are still some Mother's Day sales you can take advantage of, like Fitbit's which discounts almost all of its wearables.

Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.
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The Engadget Podcast

What’s the point of Facebook’s Oversight Board?

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This week, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the company’s decision to ban Donald Trump… with some caveats. Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Senior Editor Karissa Bell about the long-awaited decision, and what it means for the future of Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” Also they dive into Peloton’s very very bad week, and Google’s upcoming entertainment updates for Android tablets.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.
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Verizon is selling its media business, including Engadget, AOL and Yahoo

I, for one, welcome my new Apollo overlords.

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Verizon has agreed a deal to sell its Verizon Media unit — including Engadget — to the investment firm Apollo Global Management for $5 billion. Through the deal, Verizon Media, which was once called Oath, which was once called AOL, will be renamed once again, as... Yahoo.

It’ll include not only media sites and brands like ourselves but also big Yahoo properties like Mail, Finance and Sport, with Verizon Media's ad tech assets also included. The deal is expected to conclude in the second half of 2021.
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But wait, there’s more...

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Now you can hear NASA's Ingenuity helicopter flying over Mars

The return of Google TV is pushing TiVo away from Android

Zuckerberg explains why an Oculus Quest 'Pro' is necessary

Sony is no longer selling DSLRs

Dell driver vulnerability affects hundreds of millions of PCs

IBM says it has created the world's first 2nm chip

'The Bad Batch' is the eighth season of 'Clone Wars' we didn't ask for

Apple's new iOS, macOS and watchOS updates patch serious security flaws — update ASAP

Disney offers a very brief glimpse of a 'working' lightsaber

Paul George debuts his new $120 'PlayStation 5' sneakers

Apple emails reveal how it tried to stop Netflix from pulling in-app iOS purchases

Researchers detail three new Intel and AMD Spectre vulnerabilities

SpaceX's Starship SN15 prototype successfully lands in one piece

Disney+ will release new episodes of 'Loki' on Wednesdays instead of Fridays

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The Morning After: 75 years of Sony